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April 25, 2008

CBS News All Palsy-Walsy With Castro Brothers

In an article purporting to be about web access and weblogging from Cuba, CBS News tells us that ordinary citizens of Cuba gained the right to own a computer only a month ago. They still, however, do not have unfettered access to the internet. So some brave Cubans slip into foreign hotels and internet cafes where they can buy a few hours of internet access to write their weblogs -- or maybe they post bad music videos to YouTube.

The article talks about a couple of weblogs, and I thought they were being like so many other uppity We-Are-Journalists-Not-Webloggers news sites (hey, I never mentioned the Desert Sun) when they did not mention the URLs for the weblogs of those Cubans who are risking everything by speaking out. It did seem to be some really special English-language chauvinism, however, that made them translate the titles of the weblogs into English, complicating the search process.

But then they happily laid out the link for a PRO-Cuban government forum based in Spain. Why, if I were one of those vicious rightwing bloggers I might say CBS News was nothing more than a bunch of cowardly, communist lickspittles, but somebody probably already said that.

Fortunately, Ron's Log is no coward, although I bet I could be persuaded to lick the spittle of some communists, if they were hot enough. Anyway, "Generation Y" by Yoani Sanchez is actually available in both an English language version (no update since March 5) and a Spanish version called Generacion Y, which seems to be current.

The so-called "Without Evasion" is really sin EVAsiĆ³n.

I can't find anything on the "Petrosalvaje" site they mention.

Here, the Globe and Mail publishes the same AP article, but the names of the weblogs are in Spanish and the link to Generacion Y is included.

Filed under Weblogs | permalink | April 25, 2008 at 07:59 PM

Comments

Ah, thanks. Potro Salvaje can be found at http://www.desdecuba.com/potro/

The news.wired.com URL doesn't lead me to anything useful; just a blue map of the U.S.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Apr 28, 2008 4:42:05 PM

Wired tracked down Potro Salvaje. When it's actually spelled right, it gets easier to find - the original AP feed had it wrong.

http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/C/CUBAN_BLOGGERS

Posted by: Eddie Offermann at Apr 28, 2008 9:30:01 AM

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